Madison Life and Times Spring 2016 - Page 9

EDUCATION Highland Middle School sixth-grader Lilly Merrill is washed with the glow of her iPad as she does her reading assignment. As Madison-Grant social studies teacher Jessica Papandria, background, checks on other students, Trevor McNutt, senior, calls up the lesson plan for his sociology class on his iPad. The school has implemented e-learning into the school day. Chromebooks are used in grades seven through 12 for English language arts, math, social studies and science. “Teachers are discovering new resources and teaching strategies to enhance instruction and learning. Students are becoming more engaged in the learning process,” Staley said. “Students are improving their skills and knowledge related to the new technology while becoming more independent learners and taking more ownership of their own education.” Staley said the cost for these technology upgrades has been $150,000, but the school had no choice. “This initiative has been a significant step forward in our pursuit of academic excellence,” Staley said. “It is non-negotiable. With our outdated textbooks, we just couldn’t wait.” Under the direction of former Superintendent John Trout, Madison-Grant United School Corp. led Madison County area schools in adopting and deploying one-to-one computing. Trout noted that students need computer skills now, to be prepared for work at emerging jobs connected to technological advancement. Madison-Grant chose Apple iPads, but Microsoft and Google manufacture similar MADISON 9